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HEALTH: The Reflective Teacher


The course blends online with face-to-face teaching and is about the role of the teacher in student-centred teaching. Upon completion of the blended learning course, participants will have acquired knowledge, skills, and competences on pedagogical principles pertaining to being a university teacher who can reflect on their own and colleagues' teaching practice.

During the course, participants will develop and complete first draft of a personal teaching portfolio on teaching qualifications, which can be used in appointments for future academic positions. Furthermore, they will acquire knowledge about strategies to evaluate teaching with the aim of applying a student-centred approach in teaching and creating alignment between the different elements and phases of teaching.

A learning diploma is given upon satisfactory completion of the course as well as an e-booklet with the course content.

Learning outcome

  • Describe the characteristics of student-centred teaching and learning.
  • Describe the characteristics of reflective practice of teaching.
  • Identify, evaluate and reflect on teaching elements in their own teaching in order to enhance student learning.
  • Provide peer-feedback in teaching.
  • Plan, conduct and evaluate a specified lesson including give reasons for learning outcomes, student activities and teacher role in the lesson.
  • Develop a first draft towards a teaching portfolio. 


This is a blended learning course in university teaching and learning which lays the foundation for reflective teachers at PhD-level and towards assistant professor from all health science disciplines. The course content features the following topics:

  • Constructive alignment
  • Active learning
  • Student-centred teaching
  • Learning outcomes
  • Educational IT
  • Feedback
  • Evaluation
  • Teaching portfolio.

Criteria and recommended knowledge for participation

Criteria for participation

University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Recommended knowledge for participation

This course is relevant for all PhD students who wish to improve their quality of teaching. It is not crucial that the student is affiliated to a course or has regular teaching hours. However, participants will probably benefit the most if they already teach or have teaching experience. 


Autumn 2024

The course is offered every semester.

For dates, full course description, and registration, please go to the course calendar of the Graduate School of Health.


  • Target group: PhD students
  • ECTS: 2.4
  • Language: English
  • Format: Blended learning
  • Participants: max. 24
  • Target group: PhD students at Health
  • Duration: 4 x 4 hours in-class seminars and approx. 8 hours structured asynchronous online learning activities spanning around six weeks.
  • Course certificate: Upon satisfactory completion


Lena Melchior

Kursusadministrator Administrationscenter Health - Health ph.d-administration